Thursday, January 17, 2013
What are your thoughts on President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence? Let us know by posting a comment below.
On Wednesday President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a number of efforts aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States. Massachusetts is home to some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, with local members of Congress urging the federal government do more to prevent tragedies like that in Newtown, Conn. The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security provided Patch with a summary of active firearms licenses in Melrose from 2008 through 2012. Here are the numbers for Melrose: More information on the kinds of firearms permits available in Massachusetts can be found here. What are your thoughts on President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled legislation on Wednesday that would tighten gun control laws in Massachusetts while increasing funding for mental health services and enhance background checks. Is this sensible, or reactionary?
Are new proposed laws regarding guns in Massachusetts and mental health services sensible and pragmatic steps, or reactionary measures that won't increase safety? Gov. Deval Patrick introduced new legislation Wednesday along those lines in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, CT. "I am encouraged by the palpable consensus in our Legislature that the time for action is now. All of us must pull in the same direction to bring about real change in this state and across the country," Patrick said in a press release. The bill would require gun purchasers to undergo background checks at gun shows, reduce access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, and limit licensed individuals to purchasing a maximum of one gun per month. Punishments …
Monday, December 10, 2012
A Massachusetts gun owners group is lobbying for passage of a bill that would confer lifetime gun licenses—no renewals necessary.
Way too much red tape. That's the complaint of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a group that is urging passage of a law that would abolish the requirement of having to renew a gun permit every six years, according to the Boston Herald. For comparison, Massachusetts vehicle drivers' licenses need to be renewed every five years. But the league says local police cannot keep up with timely gun permit renewals, and legitimate gunowners go license-less until the cops get time to do the paperwork. The law now allows 40 days for turning around license applications. In Boston, almost 1,000 people have applied for gun permits so far this year, with waits running about 10 weeks, the Herald quotes police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca as …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
After two major shootings in the past several weeks, is it time for an assault weapons ban?
Do assault weapons and large ammunition clips need to be banned again in the U.S., or should there be more citizens carrying? Let us know in the comments below. Advocates of expanding gun laws in Massachusetts, including some top law enforcement officials, spoke about the subject during a Boston press conference last week, vowing to lobby Senator Scott Brown and other congressmen to end their opposition to a ban on the weaponry. The conference came days before a shooter with reported ties to white supremacy organizations opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last weekend, killing six people. Just weeks prior, a gunman sporting body armor and automatic weapons killed 12 people and injured 58 others in Aurora, Colorado. A …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Hosts Mike Festa and David Lucas talk about gun control in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado 'The Dark Knight Rises' shooting.
On the most recent episode of Let's Talk Politics on MMTV, hosts Mike Festa and David Lucas talk about gun control in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado "The Dark Knight Rises" shooting. Watch the show above and tune into Melrose, Mass. TV on channels 3, 15, and 16 on Comcast and channels 37, 38, and 39 on the Verizon network.